Rancho Santa Fe’s Betty Knight Scripps to serve as General Chairman of 83rd Annual Candlelight Ball

Betty Knight Scripps, philanthropist and newspaper heiress, is serving as General Chairman of the 83rd Annual Candlelight Ball to benefit Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Scripps’ continued leadership, support and generosity have helped the annual event raise more than $22 million to support lifesaving care at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.

The 83rd Candlelight Ball will kick off the holiday season on Saturday, Dec. 1, at The Grand Del Mar. One of the most highly anticipated events of the year, the black-tie gala features gourmet dining, spectacular décor by Kathy Wright & Co. and festive music from The Bob Hardwick Sound.

“I am very proud of the Scripps Health system, and the care it provides for our community,” says Scripps, a Rancho Santa Fe resident. “Scripps is committed to furthering medical excellence and making sure that families throughout San Diego County have access to world-class health care — close to home.”

Scripps is chairman of Scripps Enterprises, Inc., a private firm with holdings in publishing, real estate, oil and gas. Her philanthropies are numerous. In addition to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, they include the University of Virginia, the Miller Center – where she established the Scripps Library, the Mayo Clinic, the American Red Cross, Monticello, Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies, the Hampton Classic Horse Show, the English National Ballet and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography to name just a few. The Scripps League Education and Research Fund has provided financial assistance to students at Brigham Young University’s School of Journalism for many years.

To learn more about the 83rd Annual Candlelight Ball, please call 858-678-6349 or